This is Saoírse....
In December 2019 at the age of 7 Saoírse was diagnosed with a rare Osteosarcoma tumour in her tibia. This is a life threatening tumour which will require Saoírse to have months of intense chemotherapy in Crumlin. Not only has Saoírse to endure this treatment but she also underwent life changing surgery last month for an amputation to her right leg.
This has obviously come as a massive shock to her parents, family and large circle of friends and neighbours.
Saoírse is a very happy energetic fun and charismatic child. She is very musically talented and plays the harp and sings. Up to her diagnosis she loved nothing more then dancing to her hearts content. Saoírse also enjoyed playing camogie for her local club Killimordaly in County Galway. She is a very affectionate child and is completely obsessed with her little baby sister who was only 11 months at the time of her diagnosis.
The monies raised on this page will give Saoírse the opportunity to access the prosthetics she requires in order to return to everyday living and partake in activities that every young child likes to do. Since Saoírse received her diagnoses in December 2019 she lost the ability to walk and her greatest wish is to learn how to walk again. We had our first review with our Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialist recently and have a greater understanding now of what Saoírses needs will be as she grows up. Saoírse will require a new prosthesis every 6-12 months until she stops growing, which for girls is between 12-16 yrs of age. More importantly as a teenager/adult Saoírse will require at least 2 prosthesis, usually one that is waterproof and acts as a spare in the event of a breakage or issue with her everyday limb. Saoírse may also have specialised needs such as sports or particular hobbies or jobs that require a specific function from their prosthesis. As an adult the prosthesis should have a life span of around 3 years. Figures we have received from our review show on average, the cost of a trans tibial prosthesis ranges from €5,000 up to €35,000 per prosthetic depending on the prosthesis she requires each year. This fundraising platform will give Saoírse the opportunity to access all these needs.